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City councilor accused of anti-Semitism

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Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) member councilor Anwar Adams has accused the City of Cape Town of trying to oust him from local government in response to comments he made via social media. Adams, who serves as part of the Human Settlements Portfolio Committee, is accused of anti-Semitism after showing support for the Palestinian cause through a comment made on the Facebook page of well-known activist, Hanif Loonat.

The comments in question were allegedly picked up by the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD), who are believed to have written a letter of complaint to the speaker of the City under the guise that Adam’s statements could potentially incite violence against Jews. The councilor is expected to face a disciplinary hearing on the matter.

“Every time we [pro-Palestine activists] say something it is being said that we are anti-Semitic. How can we be anti-Semitic when the Palestinians are Semitic as well?” Adams told VOC Breakfast Beat on Thursday.

The SABJD have been accused of trying to silence any voice critical of the Israeli state, and Adams suggested that the body were now trying to wield its power within the City as well. He alluded to the possibility of SABJD links within the City of Cape Town.

“Even councilor Tony Ehrenreich has been singled out, so definitely somewhere along the line there is some infiltration. They (SAJBD) cannot handle it. It’s okay for people to kill, to unleash an inhumane Apartheid, to blatantly massacre, but it is not okay to voice your opinion against it,” he said.

While the nature of the comment itself sought to question the legitimacy of the Israeli state, Adams stressed that he was in no way targeting members of the Jewish faith.

Rather, he claimed that the statements sought to address an “evil system” in the form of Zionism, forcibly unleashed on the Palestinian population. Adams hearing is scheduled for the 9th September.

While VOC attempted to make contact with the Speaker’s Office, our request for an interview was declined on the grounds that the matter need first follow due processes. VOC


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